The thing is that even with only 210 HP, the mustang is still faster than the 250hp Challenger.
Yep and I would bet that even if it was slower it would have minimal affect on Mustang V6 sales as the ladies really don't care if their iron 2 V V6 is faster or slower than the Challenger, all they know is it goes, and it goes better than their last 4 banger Camry. Why is that? Cause IMO the average V6 Mustang buyer does NOT care what is under the hood as long as it is a little stronger than a hampster.
Oh as an aside, do you really think a 210 HP Mustang is faster than a 250 Challenger that has much better HP / weight? IMO the test Challenger was on whale squeeze fuel and has a whole lot of timing yanked out by the ECU and whale squeeze clearly affects a 4 v engine more than a 2V farm tractor engine.
Despite a deficiency of 1.4 lb/hp (16.2 to Challenger's 14.8), the 'Stang gets the jump on the Challenger, with a slight lead until 60 mph, when they're even up at 7.3 sec. But the extra gear ratios continue to pay off as the Ford crosses the finish line three-tenths and 1.4 mph ahead of the Dodge's 15.6 sec at 90.3 mph.
Read more: 2009 Dodge Challenger SE, R/T, SRT8 Testing - Features - Motor Trend
So even if the above was true and it is all gear, the 5 speed Challenger should gain back the .3 in the 1/4 mile. If I say is true there should be 3.5 liter LX cars spanking 4.0 farm tractor cars. Dunno as I NEVER see any v6 Mustangs at the track or on the street. I do no via my own G-Tech that my car bone stock on 87 fuel does about a 15.6 in the 1/4 just as it says above, but that is on 87 fuel with 10% Ethenol = whale squeeze. Gut feeling this is like watching paint dry...
What's another 90hp going to mean for them?
I would assume NOTHING, as if they wanted the extra HP and the 6 speed, they could head over to Chevy right now and get it. It is not like V6 Mustang sales went to ZERO when the V6 Camaro came out with 305 HP and a 6 speed.
IMO the 90 HP 6 speed Mustang opens up a whole new market one with mainly young man who toss around a RX-8, a Genisis Coupe, V6 Camaro and say um dunno maybe a WRX.
The mustang sells like crazy because it offers a lot of bang for your buck. It's only 210 hp, but it's lighter and cheaper than the competition.
Mustang with auto $22,840
Challenger with auto $23,460
Yep lighter and cheaper, but it also has a long long long production history with a huge following of female drivers, heck most people don't even know what a Challenger is
So one again IMO, the Mustang sells because A) Ford is a better and private company B) more people grew up loving Mustangs C) it is slightly cheaper and has a manual
Now that the camaro is out there, upping the ante, Mustang has to improve so that it can still be the best deal. The challenger is just kind of sitting around in limbo. It just doesn't offer the best power/weight/cost ratio, which is the definition of what muscle cars are supposed to be. If you like the looks of the challenger enough, or the suspension of the challenger enough, or the extra room of the challenger enough, to justify your purchase that's great. But I don't think there are enough people who think that way to keep this car successful as it is. Sales of the Challenger compared to its competition should be evidence enough.
Agree, and adding 30 Hp to the V6 is not going to help in the power/weight/cost vs +95 HP for the Mustang is it? The Challenger is what it is and guys did not roll the V6 to go racing, they got it for looks, ride, style etc and that can be fixed by offering a T/A package the same way the RS is offered in the Camaro. Looks + rims + suspension + bolt on body parts = WINNER. The Challenger offers the g and the Rallye, I like the Rallye, the g is a hopeless package.
A T/A would have (stolen right from Chevy):
Available to be added to Either SS or LT trim levels
- HID lamps
- Spoiler on LT Model
- 20 inch 5 spoke wheel
- Midnight silver paint finish
- Optional polished finish
- RS unique tail lamps (darkened lenses)
- Body colored roof ditch molding
- Special RS Badging
Just change RS to T/A optional hood